Sunanda K Datta-Ray

Sunanda K Datta-Ray is the author of several books and a regular media columnist.

Stories By Sunanda K Datta-Ray

Jolly Mohan Kaul: Continuum from communism to spirituality

Jolly Mohan Kaul: Continuum from communism to spirituality

Earlier, Indian Communists were men of a special mould. But after independence, “once they entered the Assembly and Parliament, we saw th...Read More

Economic strength to reflect military might, not vice versa

Economic strength to reflect military might, not vice versa

The emphasis on weapons indicates the limited thinking of Indian policy-makers. India is not fighting an all-out war with China. It does ...Read More

Corporate giants pull the strings in India-China trade

Corporate giants pull the strings in India-China trade

The need now is for mature responsible leadership in both countries to ensure that differences on the 3,488 kilometre border do not feste...Read More

India-China standoff: Nothing China ever does is off-the-cuff

India-China standoff: Nothing China ever does is off-the-cuff

India will survive Tuesday’s violent clash on the bleak heights of the Galwan River Valley in Ladakh, but the evidence of Chinese bellico...Read More

Gen Xu Qiliang’s new position reinforces Indo-China tensions

Gen Xu Qiliang’s new position reinforces Indo-China tensions

As a rising star of the PLA, 57-year-old Gen Xu has probably been sent to oversee the ground forces of the Western Theatre Command where ...Read More

India stands to gain minimally from China’s economic retaliation of Australia

India stands to gain minimally from China’s economic retaliation of Australia

China is Australia’s biggest trading partner. In the wake of the boycott, India cannot replace China, given its dismal economy and cumber...Read More

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee with Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar

Figurehead theory to the role of governors; are they dispensable?

The temperament and understanding of convention by the British monarch are poles apart from that of the Indian President.

US' warped intent behind The Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act

US' warped intent behind The Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act

China – like India – is very skeptical about apparent US concern for human rights.

Discord with Nepal over link road adds friction to Sino-Indian ties

Discord with Nepal over link road adds friction to Sino-Indian ties

There have been three recent pinpricks —Chinese military helicopters flying close to Indian territory, two fierce confrontations, and a n...Read More

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus briefs virtually on the COVID-19 pandemic in Geneva.

US chooses vile timing to defund WHO

In the withdrawal of funds to the WHO during a pandemic, USA has shown a complete disdain for global opinion or public welfare, and a bet...Read More

Other infectious diseases close in as Africa focuses on COVID-19

Other infectious diseases close in as Africa focuses on COVID-19

Lockdowns prove counterproductive for Africa as they may mean a resurgence of vaccine-preventable diseases. Inadequate public healthcare ...Read More

Spotlight on the dismal living condition of Indians abroad

Spotlight on the dismal living condition of Indians abroad

Promising economic support including wage subsides, Mr Lee announced he would ensure that infections in dormitories occupied by foreign w...Read More

Coronavirus

Pandemic fuels exclusive attitude all over the world

Underlying the crisis is the bigger truth that the world is pulling up its drawbridges. Atthe same time, COVID-19 is also forcing people ...Read More

Incapacitated, yet continues to be head of government

Incapacitated, yet continues to be head of government

It seems a harsh comment a propose of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s hospitalisation that "From the intensive care unit there are...Read More

BPO will see us through looming economic crisis

BPO will see us through looming economic crisis

Competition from China, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam has not affected India’s primacy.

Mumbai coronavirus

Police must shed skin of brutal authority

The police were meant to control rather than protect and suppress rather than support the locals.

Coronavirus outbreak in India: Pandemic another opportunity for PM Modi to set an example

Coronavirus outbreak in India: Pandemic another opportunity for PM Modi to set an example

When I mentioned international peace and goodwill at an inter-university debate when I was a student in England, a British speaker got up...Read More

Belief that Sonia does not want son eclipsed gets reinforced

Belief that Sonia does not want son eclipsed gets reinforced

By abandoning the Indian National Congress when he did, 49-year-old Jyotiraditya Scindia has reminded 910 million Indian voters of t...Read More

CAA protest

EU disregards that Constitution has solely domestic application

It can’t be emphasised forcefully enough that the bloodshed in north-east Delhi cannot by itself be taken as invalidating the CAA.

Delhi violence is rooted in heightened sense of insecurity

Delhi violence is rooted in heightened sense of insecurity

The violence in northeast Delhi would have been tragic even if it had not been so ominous. Both aspects invite comparison with earlier co...Read More

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